Raipur, November 14, 2008: About 65 per cent voters today exercised their franchise in the first phase of poll in 39 constituencies of the 90-member Chhattisgarh assembly.
However, in 22 places the EVMs were looted by the Maoists, because of which those places would go for re-polling soon, Chief Electoral Officer Dr Alok Shukla told ChhattisgarhTopNews.Com this evening.
By and large the voting was peaceful, Shukla said adding A CRPF Radio Operator Dharmendra Rai was killed in naxal firing in Korenar in Kanker district during polling.
On the final figure of voting percentage, he said it would be known by tomorrow.
Of the 39 seats went for poll today BJP had 28 MLAs and the rest by Congress and to attract the voters to its side the ruling party had changed the faces in 15 places.
The naxalite-hit areas had registered low percentage of votes, Shukla said adding Bijapur was having about 25 per cent votes, when Kanker 45, Narayanpur 40, Dantewada 45 and in Bastar 55 per cent votes.
Dhamtari, Mahasamund, Rajnandgaon, Durg and Kawardha districts have registered above 60 per cent votes.
Given the immense popularity of Chacha Chaudhary comics, a unique initiative, a comic book titled “Chacha Chaudhary aur Chunavi Dangal” was launched by Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar at Nirvachan Sadan today.
Ruling Jharkhand Mukti Morcha has won the Dumri Assembly by-election today.
Ruling Congress in Chhattisgarh today failed to reach a conclusion over finalisation of names for the 2023 Assembly election.
The Chief Election Commissioner of India Rajeev Kumar today enquired about the amount of seizure of liquor, cash and other materials, which are used to lure voters ahead of the Chhattisgarh Assembly election.
A high level team from the Election Commission arrived here today to review the preparedness of the Chhattisgarh Assembly election 2023.
Despite having a strong Congress government in Chhattisgarh the AICC today picked up only two leaders from the state for the all-powerful Congress Working Committee.